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Pamela Hicks

EnglishTeacher, Literacy Dept.

Welcome to English III

Welcome to English III and English III Hon. If you would like to know what was done in class or what is being planned for class, please consult the "This Week" agenda and "Last Week" Agenda posted in the classroom, or feel free to email me. . Be aware that plans may change due to unexpected situations. Please email me with any questions; I try to answer within 24 hours.


If you would like to receive reminders/notifications on your phone through texting and be able to contact Mrs. Hicks through texting, you will want to join the Remind 101 for your group--English III (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th periods.) or Eng. III Hon (2nd and 6th periods). You will find the instructions on how to join in the Files labeled "Syllabus and Lesson Plans". Be sure you are adding your name to the correct class group. Parents, you are welcome to join the group to which your student belongs as well.

English III should join by using the following link on their smartphones:

English III Hon. should join by using the following link on their smartphones:

1st semester

This quarter is centered around the Arthur Miller play, The Crucible. Therefore, we will be researching the original Salem Witch trials and later comparing the play and the history to modern witch hunts. We will also be comparing the interpretation through film to the original text and writing a literary analysis essay, analyzing theme or character development throughout the play. In the second quarter, we will move from colonial America into the birth of the nation and examine seminal American texts like the Declaration of Independence, Constitution Bill of Rights, and famous speeches before making persuasive speeches or essays of our own. Finally, the English III classes will examine argumentation and practice it in a VLT Argumentative Essay, while the honors classes will be learning and practicing rhetorical analysis essays, which they will write for their VLT this semester. 

Please note the daily lesson plans and powerpoints posted at the end of each week to keep informed of makeup work or instructions you need. You can also use the Remind 101 or webmail to contact me about anything specific. Please remember that formative work must be made up within 24 hrs. of the deadline, and any retakes on summatives should be done in a timely manner. If any formative work cannot be made up individually at a later time, students will be excused from that assignment. Otherwise, appointments should be made to meet me at lunch for makeup help.

While we will be reading the play together in class, I will post websites below on which the play can be read in pdf format online; it can also be found in the student textbook found in the student's VPortal under the tile "Digital Resources" and then "Houghton Mifflin".

Act II (Sept. 18-21, 2018)

For those students who may be have to be asbsent from class this week (9/17-9/21), I am posting the powerpoint with the guiding questions and the formative assessments on Act II. If you cannot be in class, use this as a help in comprehension as you read Act II on your own or do the assignments on your own. One of the powerpoint slides explains how you can access your English textbook online through your VPortal. Just look below for the Powerpoint for Wk. #6 to help you. If you cannot take the quiz on Friday, you will need to take a makeup quiz one day during lunch the next week (Mon-Thurs. only). the paragraph is due for everyone by Wed., Sept. 26th. The assignments are posted in the assignments section of this website page.

Act III and IV (Sept. 24-28, 2018)

We will be reading and discussing Act III in class on Monday through Wednesday of this week and taking a quiz on Act III on Thursday. The goal is to finish our reading of the entire play on Friday. This will end our formative work on The Crucible. The final two weeks of the quarter will be spent on summative work on our standards of analyzing the author's choices and purposes, tracing the development of plot, theme, and characters through a literary analysis essay, a socratic seminar, and a paper test. 

Make sure that you come in this week (Monday through Thursday) at lunch to make up any work missed last week, and that you turn in your Act II theme paragraph no later than Wednesday of this week in order to receive credit and feedback before summative work is done. 

Final week of the Quarter, Oct. 8-12

Not only is this week Homecoming Week, it is the week we finish our summative work for the first quarter. Monday (and Tuesday for regulary classes) the final work on our Literary Analysis Essay will be done and students will receive the information they need to prepare for their summative Socratic Discussion of The Crucible. The discussion takes place in class on Thursday and students MUST come prepared with the written comments/questions required for preparation; this will be worth 34 pts. of thei grade. Their ability to build on one another's ideas during discussion earns up to 34 pts, and their observation notes will make the final 34 pts. of the grade. 

Be sure to come in during lunch Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday to make up any summative work you miss so report card grades are reflective of the entire quarter's achievemnts. If a student is absent for discussion on Thursday, he/she should come with written preparation work on Friday and be ready to present knowledge orally to class for a makeup grade. 

Be sure to check out the powerpoints for each week to get a better view of what was covered or missed.